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14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
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Sep 17, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: armchair-traveler, contemporary, picture-books, read-alouds, informational

Very few people knew of the Maasai tribe's gesture to the United States after the tragedy of 9/11 -- a gift of 14 cows. As Deedy observes:

"Once they were feared warrirors. Now they live peacably as nomadic cattle herders. They treat their cows as kindly as they do their children. /They sing to them. They give them names. They shelter the young ones in their homes. Without the herd, the tribe might starve./ To the Maasai, the cow is life."

I could never read this book aloud to an audience.
I would break down and cry.
Very moving. Very beautifully illustrated. Intensely meaningful.
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